Playstation 3 Error Code 80010514

This message is not a hardware failure – I bought a new laser and laser chassis and did a direct replacement but still got the same message (Yes it was the right part number etc etc). This error is caused by a firmware update from Sony. You can’t reset the firmware once you have downloaded and installed it, even if you do a full system reset to factory settings the new firmware version will stay on there. You can’t roll back the firmware as some of the newer games rely on it for their features to work. In other words you are fucked and Sony refuse to acknowledge that they have broken your machine.

If you have warranty then great – get them to fix it or replace it for free. If you don’t have warranty then you can pay them a shit load of money to fix it or replace it. If you are feeling brave then you can try to fix it yourself as I did but you will most likely run out of things to fix and be left wondering how you are supposed to fix the firmware.

Some have reported fixing this error by doing the following:
1. Start with having the system in standby (redlight is on)
2. Hold the power button down; the system will turn on and turn off once again.
3. Press and hold the power button again and keep holding, it will beep as it turns on and then it will double beep. When you hear the double beeps immediately take your finger off the power button (if your system turns off before you get a double beep just try again and hold the button, it should double beep the 2nd time you try)
4. You will be prompted to plug in your controller via USB and then hit the PS button
You will now have a screen with these options (I have attached a picture of this screen below)
1. Restart System: Restarts the PLAYSTATION 3 System.
2. Restore Default Settings: Reset all system settings back to default.
CHOOSE THIS ONE 3.Restore File System: Checks for corrupt/missing system files.
4. Rebuild Database: Rebuilds the OS for the PLAYSTATION 3.
5. Restore PS3 System: Fresh restore; Deletes everything and starts from Scratch.
6. System Update: Update the PLAYSTATION 3 System
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT CHOOSE THE WRONG OPTION HERE OR YOU WILL LOSE ALL YOUR DATA. The one that fixed my blu-ray drive is option 3: RESTORE FILE SYSTEM

If the Blu-ray Disc does not support 1080p 24Hz video mode, the video output may not display properly. Go to [BD 1080p 24Hz Output(HDMI)] under (Settings) > [BD/DVD Settings] and select “Off. It worked fine 4 me, for now anyway.

Playstation 3 Error Code 80710736

You get this error when trying to download updates, games or media. I got it when trying to update my trophy info after doing a system restore. It is to do with your network.

Some people as a temporary fix download the updates on their pc to a memory stick and transfer like that. I fixed the error on mine by doing this:

Go to network settings -> Media Server -> Off

That should work for most, others may require an update of firmware on the ps3 or router or both!

How To Split My Computer Display To TV Screen and New Monitor

I’ve recently been asked this question:
Just wanted a bit of advice really, looking to buy a new hd tv and have just noticed you can get a tv/monitor combo, i have had a little look into the split screen and how it works, but don’t know a lot about it. I’ve found a monitor i like, i want a tv with freeview, but something i can still plug my xbox into, any idea if i could run dual monitors through my pc while easily changing to a tv when need be….

Here is my response:
Hello, there are many ways to connect your pc to your tv and use it as a “dual monitor”. Probably the most common way is to use an s-video output from your pc to your tv. You need to see what video output your pc or graphics card has first of all. Probably has a VGA output (the blue one you plug your monitor into) and maybe a DVI output (the white weird looking one). S-video outputs are small roundish sockets.

The TV you linked has a few ways to interface:
Interfaces: 1 x VGA – 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x HDMI – 19 pin HDMI Type A ¦ 1 x component video input ¦ 2 x SCART – 21 pin SCART ¦ 1 x DVI-D – 24 pin digital DVI

Your job is to get a cable that will link that tv to your pc! I use ebay as it is nice and cheap. I see it has a DVI interface so you could use DVI to DVI cable if you pc also has a DVI port. You also have a VGA port on the TV so could use VGA to VGA cable or you can even get a DVI to VGA cable depending what your pc has.

I’m not sure what the xbox has port wise as i’m a ps3 guy but I assume it has a HDMI port, the HDMI port on the TV will probably be the best way to link your xbox up to it but means you will need to buy another cable from ebay if your xbox didn’t come with one.

Once your have the two machines connected in any of the ways above the actual process of making them work as a dual monitor is normally the easy bit. With newer versions of windows/graphics cards it may autodetect, Otherwise you just need to find your monitor options and switch it into dual monitor mode.

I have run many dual monitors using most of the above methods and it takes some messing about sometimes but its a good thing to do if your up to the job! Hope this helps and let me know if you need anymore info.

Update Your PC NOW!

Right you have all seen it, the little icon that appears in the right saying new updates are available. Do yourself a favour and download/install them as soon as u can, specially today:

Microsoft has released a fix for a hole in Internet Explorer that was the weak link in a “sophisticated and targeted” cyber attack on Google.

Microsoft recommends that customers install the update as soon as possible or update to the latest version of the web browser for “improved security”.

Microsoft normally issues patches monthly but the high-profile nature of the attacks led it to act more quickly.

I know a few people suffering a virus due to the fact they hate updating their pc. Trust me, a few minutes of downloading and a restart is nothing compared to dealing with a virus so make sure you all keep up to date. If you need more info or help then please give me a shout.

The Difference between GPS and GPRS

I recently got asked what the difference is between GPS and GPRS. Surely they sound pretty similar so must do similar things? WRONG! See below:

GPS means Global Positioning System. This is a system comprising 24 satellites positioned up in space around the world. Due to the position of those satellites, it became possible to assign an address to every meter of the surface of the earth, including those over the ocean.

GPRS stands for General Packet Radio Services. This is a way of sending data through radio waves that are currently being used to transmit voice. The data in digital form is sent out in packets, or in mini-bursts that are decoded by the receiving unit, which can be a GPRS-enabled handset.

Summary: GPS is a positioning system aimed at helping you find your location on the face of the planet, whereas GPRS is a radio service that is used to send data wirelessly.

How To Repair The Digihome DTR80 80GB Freeview Recorder (stuck on starting)

Had a few problems with this and it hadn’t been working for a while. Nothing came on the TV and the little display on the device itself was stuck on “starting”.

I have found a solution so thought I would post it here 🙂

Open the six screws on the outer case and then pull it up and off to get access to the hard drive. Turn the device over and undo the four screws that are holding the harddrive to the case. Remove the harddrive power and data connection cables.

Plug the hard drive into a pc – note that the hard drive will not show up like a normal hard drive does. Also note that you do not need to change the jumper settings on the drive itself normally.

Go to control panel then “administrative tools” (sometimes in system and maintenance category). Go to “computer management” and click on “disk management”. Find the hard drive – your pc probably won’t have assigned a drive letter to it so it will be the one without any. Right click on and delete both of the partitions on the drive. Now right click it again and format it – make sure the file system is NTFS.

Once it is done take the device out of the pc and put it back into the DTR80 case. Plug in the harddrive cables and the screws etc as above. Now when you re-connect the device to your tv and turn it on you will get a message saying “this device requires a format, do you want to perform this now”. Use the controller to select “yes”. Give it a few minutes until the timer is displayed on the front and then press the “on” button on your controller. Job done!

If the device is working fully and you want to format it for any other reason there is an easier way to do it – go to the menus and setup – recordings page then select format disk.

Upgrading Computer RAM

I wanted to know that if I had a particular speed of RAM in my PC, whether I could put a higher spec in there in a larger size, i.e. currently I have 2x 1GB simms and want to upgrade these to either 2x 2gb simms or 2x4gb simms, but I cannot get these sizes in the speed that my current RAM chips are for my PC.

After a bit of research I found out that you have to look at your motherboard documents!

Motherboards only accept certain types of RAM chips, the ones it works with will be stated in the documentation. I would recommend checking model number on the board and searching online if the documents have been lost.

If you get any different then the recommended type it may work ok to the reduced clocking speed, or just not work at all. I’d recommend checking the documentation. Sorry!

Also – if you gambled and upgraded the size without consulting manual it could be the case that the motherboard could not take it. Older boards have a low limit so the max they can take is around 2GB. If you was to upgrade to higher then it could take it would only see maximum it could take.

E.g it can take 2gb, (2x1gbs) you put it 4gb, it would either only see 1gb of each or none at all.

Hope that helps!